Moonis Elahi to champion the cause of water scarcity and dams in Parliament

By Iram Salim

   After taking oath of MNA in the National Assembly on Monday, PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi will lead the party in the Parliament to primarily play its role on ‘water policy’ in the coalition government.

   Along with his young cousins — Salik Hussain and Hussain Elahi — in the parliament, Mr Moonis, a vociferous supporter of KalaBagh Dam, is expected to play his important role in building dams and related water issues, in the coalition government.

  There is hardly any other strong voice in the parliament when it comes to construction of dams. Although on the initiative of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, funds are being collected for the construction of Bhasa Dam, but on the part of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government much is needed to supplement this effort. Prime Minister Imran Khan had also made an appeal to expatriates in this regard but so far there has not been any healthy response from them.

    Mr Moonis had launched a drive — KalaBagh Dam banao Pakistan Bachao (construct KBD and save Pakistan). This campaign had received tremendous feedback on social media. Since a controversy is attached to KBD as elements in Sindh and KPK are deadly opposed to it, the alternate is — small dams and Basha Dam.

   As water scarcity is likely to hit Pakistan by 2025 urgent measures are required to deal with it. Moonis is expected to be leading the ‘water/dam movement’  on the floor of Parliament.  In addition to that Mr Moonis will consolidate the party, looking forward to take it to a point where its role becomes indispensable in the future politics.

   Now the real test of Mr Moonis has began not only to lead the party in parliament but also its effective role outside the parliament. In the future elections, as the elder Chaudhrys of Gujrat have already said — Moonis and his young cousins will take the PML forward. Let’s see how the PML shapes up in coming days under its young leadership in the Centre. — Pak Destiny       

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